The beautiful tone and finish of Whitechapel handbells is derived from a combination of bell design, bell metal alloy, craftsmanship in moulding and tuning and centuries of accumulated knowledge and experience in this Foundry. Treated with care they will give years of pleasure to all who play and hear them.

Following a few simple "do's and don'ts" will extend the life of your bells:

Do handle the bells with care
The metal is necessarily brittle and will not stand rough handling or dropping on the floor.

Don't touch the metal surface unneccessarily
We send out the bells with a very high polish, and this can only be maintained by an occasional rub with a clean dry and soft chamois leather. Moisture from fingers causes local tarnishing.

Do use metal polish or impregnated cloths
to remove any tarnish that the leather wil not. Metal polish two or three times a year will do no harm.

Don't clean the bells with abrasives
If you must use a buffing machine, use a soft mop or jewellers' rouge. Nothing coarser.

Do store your bells in a clean, dry place.
Moisture and light will tarnish them.

Don't remove felt buffers from clappers
They are fitted to the larger bells (usually 18G and down), and are graded to give the finest tonal response.

Do apply a spot of a light oil lubricant
either side of the clapper where it swings on the nylon staple pin. Only very occasionally, if they dry and rattle slightly, and only a tiny drop.

Don't stand large bells mouth downwards
22C and larger are heavy bells and you may set the springs out of adjustment, or damage the clapper pegs and felts.

Do grip the handles close up to the leather caps
when playing. We take special care to make a smooth finish flush to the rivets for this purpose, and proper handling will lengthen the life of the handles indefinitely.

Don't pack the bells jumbled in a box
where they will get scratched and the handles and clappers damaged. We can supply fitted cases tailored to any range of bells up to the full five octaves.

Do remember
that we enjoyed crafting these bells. Part of us goes out with them.


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